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Bion (c. 325 - c. 255 B.C.) was an ancient Greek poet, born at Phlossa near Smyrna.


  • Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.

Lives of Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laërtius

  • Bion used to say that the way to the shades below was easy; he could go there with his eyes shut.
    • Book IV, Sec. 3.
  • Once when Bion was at sea in the company of some wicked men, he fell into the hands of pirates; and when the rest said, "We are undone if we are known,"—"But I," said he, "am undone if we are not known."
    • Book IV, Sec. 3.
  • Of a rich man who was niggardly he said, "That man does not own his estate, but his estate owns him."
    • Book IV, Sec. 3.
  • Bion insisted on the principle that "The property of friends is common."
    • Book IV, Sec. 9.
  • Old age is the harbor of all ills.
    • Book IV, Sec. 47.
  • Wealth is the sinews of affairs.
    • Book IV, Sec. 48.
  • The road to Hades is the easiest to travel.
    • Book IV, Sec. 49.
  • He has not acquired a fortune; the fortune has acquired him.
    • Book IV, Sec. 50.

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